2016 Coaching Staff
Canham, 31, is entering his first season as a member of the Seattle Mariners minor league coaching staff, A native of Richland, Washington, Canham starred as a catcher at Oregon State University, where he won back to back NCAA Division I national championships in 2006 and 2007. He parlayed his collegiate success into a selection by the San Diego Padres in 2007 MLB draft. Canham played in the minor leagues from 2007 until 2014, reaching the AAA level playing for the Padres, Athletics, Cardinals, Royals, and Nationals.
Canham is the founder and CEO of BASE By Pros LLC, an organization that provides personalized baseball instruction and mentorship to kids across the country. Canham is married with two children.
|Pete Woodworth||Pitching Coach|
Pete Woodworth, who joins the LumberKings midseason as their pitching coach, comes to the Mariners organization from his alma mater Florida Gulf Coast University, where he served as the team's pitching coach for the past two seasons. He played for the Eagles from 2007-10, where he compiled a 25-9 career record, making him the school's all time wins leader. In his senior season, he went 9-2 as part of a pitching staff that included 2010 first round pick and four time MLB All Star for the Chicago White Sox, Chris Sale.
After the 2010 season, Woodworth signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Rays, and pitched for the GCL Rays in 2010 before returning to Florida Gulf Coast as a volunteer assistant coach from August 2011 until February 2012. With the GCL Rays, he posted a 2.42 ERA in 26 innings pitched over 17 appearances. Opponents hit just .204 against him while he also struck out 26 hitters. From there he served as an area scout for the Rays before joining the coaching staff at Nova Southeastern University.
|Cesar Nicolas||Hitting Coach|
Cesar Nicolas begins his first season as the hitting coach with the LumberKings, as well as his first season as a coach in the Mariners organization. He spent seven seasons playing the in the minor leagues, most recently with Acereros del Norte of the Mexican League. Nicolas, who was born in Queens, NY, was a fifth round draft pick out of Vanderbilt in 2004 by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
He made his professional debut in 2005 playing for the South Bend SilverHawks. During that season he tore up the Midwest League, bashing 21 home runs, driving in 70, while hitting .302 with a .428 on base percentage. He spent his last two seasons of professional baseball with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League.
|Shane Zdebiak||Athletic Trainer|
Shane Zdebiak begins his first season as the LumberKings trainer in 2016, his third in the Mariners organization. The Manitoba, Canada native spent each of the past two seasons as the trainer for the Everett AquaSox, the Mariners' Northwest League Affiliate. Prior to joining the Seattle system, Zdebiak worked with the Steinbach Pistons of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for two seasons.
Zdebiak spent the 2012 and 2013 spring training seasons interning with the Atlanta Braves, and spent the 2010-2013 seasons working with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association. Zdebiak graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in Kinesiology, concentrating in athletic therapy. He was certified as an athletic therapist by the Canadian Athletic Therapists' Association in 2009, and was certified as an athletic trainer in 2013 through the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification.
|Paul Howey||Performance Specialist|
Paul Howey returns to the LumberKings for his second straight season as the club's performance specialist. The 2015 season marked his first in the Mariners organization, having previously been a high school physical education teacher. Howey, 35, also coached baseball at McMurry University and Abilene Christian University, his alma mater.
While at Abilene Christian, he played baseball and received his degree in exercise science. A Missouri native, Howey and his wife Liz reside in Searcy, AR during the offseason.
|Isaac Braun||Video Coordinator|